To make the most of the software, it’s important to understand its interface. The interface is divided into a few main areas:
- Query Bar
- Query Tabs
- Tag Stripe
- Property Panel
- Tag Deck
It also features a few other editing windows:
- Tag Manager – Full
- Tag Manager – Lite
- File Association Manager
The Browser allows you to navigate through files and folders, similar to any browser you may have used before 2023. You can scroll through files using the side scrollbar or your mouse wheel and zoom in and out using the magnifier buttons or the mouse wheel while holding CTRL. You can also view files in different orders using the sort button.
The Query Bar is where you enter keywords to search for files in the database. It’s a powerful search tool that allows you to quickly find the files you need.
Query Tabs allow you to keep your previous searches accessible via tabs. When you want to search for something new without losing your current query, simply create a new tab. You can also save query phrases into the database for later use.
The Property Panel shows detailed information about the selected files. Selecting one object at a time will give you accurate information, while selecting multiple objects will give you general information.
The Property Panel is grouped into three tabs:
- Tags: This tab displays the tags associated with the selected object(s).
- Properties: This tab shows the file details of the selected object(s).
- Database: This tab displays objects related to the selected object(s) in the database.
This stripe displays the object name and tags associated with it. Some of this information can be found in the Property Panel, but the Tag Bar provides an always-visible view of this information.
This tool is a critical feature that allows you to allocate frequently used tag patterns to hotkeys. With a single keystroke, you can quickly add tags to selected objects. This essential tool requires a separate tutorial to cover its functionalities fully.
Full Tag Manager
When this window is opened with CTRL+G, it offers advanced tag management features, such as advanced tag editing, searching, sorting, and filtering capabilities and so on. It’s a modeless window, which means it can remain open while you perform other tasks in the software. It has a wide range of capabilities that may require a separate tutorial to cover.
Lite Tag Manager
This simpler window can be opened with the Space bar when one or more objects are selected. It’s a modal window, which means it requires you to complete a task before returning to the main interface. It’s designed for quick and simple tag management tasks such as assigning or unassigning tags to selected files.
File Association Manager
The File Association Manager enables you to set which program should launch when you double-click a file in the Browser based on file types.
By understanding the software interface, you can more efficiently navigate and utilize its features. I hope this overview has provided helpful insights.
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